It’s been a month and a half since I graduated from college with my bachelor’s degree in strategic communications. My college experience was quite a ride, and I’m so glad to be done!
“So what’s next?”
I’ve gotten this question a lot recently. I almost wish I could respond, “I’ve got a great full-time job lined up with excellent benefits and good insurance!” That way, I could get a smile of approval and a pat on the back for doing what society wants me to do.
[Graduate college –> Get a full-time job –> Get married –> Settle down –> Pop out babies]
But sorry society (and parents)! I’m not interested in pursuing a 9 to 5 job, nor am I interested in fulfilling other societal expectations.
“Okay, Jasmine…So what exactly are you planning to do then?”
I’ve applied for a scholarship program to teach English in Korea for 6 months. Within a few weeks, I should know whether or not I’ve made the cut. If I get accepted into the program, I will be moving to S. Korea in August.
However, if I don’t get accepted, I still plan to move abroad. Some of my backup plans are to:
-Move to SE Asia to teach English (probably Vietnam)
-Move to Ireland or Australia on a holiday work visa
“But why do you want to move so far? Isn’t it better to just get a full-time job here, pay off all your debts, then travel later?”
I’m not trying to move abroad because I dislike living in the United States. Just so that’s clear!
I love the U.S., but I want to see more of the world. I miss the feeling of being immersed in a foreign culture. I miss the feeling of not being able to understand the locals. I miss the feeling of trying new foods and seeing new sites. Traveling is all I can ever think about.
If you follow me on IG, you would have seen this already. I LOVE this quote. It reminds me that life is unpredictable. Don’t bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do what you want to do later. You might not have that chance.
That’s why I’m planning to start traveling now. As for my debts, I will be paying it off as I travel.
I’ve realized that this is the best time for me to travel. I’ve just graduated; I don’t have a boyfriend; I don’t have a lease, and I don’t have any car payments. I’m worried that if I don’t leave now, I’ll get stuck. I’ll develop a routine, relationships, commitments and baggage.
I’ve made up my mind, and this is what I plan to do. 🙂
“But what about your degree? Shouldn’t you try to get some work experience? Won’t it be harder to find a job later on?”
My degree is in strategic communications. As long as I’m up to date with the latest communication strategies, then I’m solid. Not to mention, this blog serves as my portfolio. I’ve also been teaching myself a lot of new stuff since graduation such as SEO, digital marketing, web design, etc. I’m not worried about being unable to find a job later on because my plan is to eventually work for myself.
“OK. I get it. But how are you going to afford it all?”
Good question! I’m really hoping to get into the English teaching program because it is funded by the Korean government. What that means is that my flight will be partially reimbursed, and my housing will be taken care of. I will also be paid a monthly stipend, which I plan to save as much as possible.
I’m also currently working on making both passive and active income online because my goal is to eventually become a digital nomad.
“How are you planning to work online? And WTF is a digital nomad?”
Sheesh. I’ve answered so many questions already! So I’ll leave that to another post. 😉
If you have any other questions, drop them below.